Highlights of Sunday's National Basketball Association games

Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas goes up to shoot against Washington Wizards' Otto Porter Jr. during the second quarter of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game Sunday April 30 2017 in Boston

The Boston guard flew across the country to play after speaking on Saturday at his sister Chyna's funeral in Washington state. Kelly Oubre Jr. starting in his place in the third quarter, and the Celtics outscored the Wizards 36-16 in the frame.

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens argues a call during the first quarter of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Sunday, April, 30, 2017, in Boston. In Game 2, Rondo put together a game-changing performance with 11 points, nine rebounds, 14 assists, and five steals.

Monday night the Cavaliers had all the answers on their way to a 116-105 Game 1 rout of Raptors (garbage time made it seem closer than it was). Unfortunately, the Celtics woke up after the losses and went on to win four straight against a Bulls team without Rajon Rondo. "Things were going wrong and I was making a couple mistakes", Smart told ESPN after Boston's series-opening win.

The Celtics overcame a sluggish start as they trailed the Wizards 16-0 early in game one. That wasn't the case on Sunday as the Wizards opened the game with a 16-0 run, only for the Celtics to rally for a 123-111 victory. Markief Morris had to leave the game due to a sprained left ankle in the second quarter. In the first half, before the Wizards were forced to adjust to really adjust their rotations for Markieff Morris' ankle injury, those numbers were -19, and 147.2 points allowed per 100 possessions. "But playing with this group of guys and this team and this coaching staff, and really getting to know these guys even more, it's possible".

Before I jump into those picks, I think I should look back at to what I thought might happen in round 1.

Avery Bradley (18 points, usual stellar defense) continued his consistently good play he's displayed since the final four games of the Bulls series.

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Smart commended Brown's play and said he had talked to Stevens about the reasons he asked out of the game. He connected on three triples in the first 12 minutes.

NEED TO KNOW: Thomas sat out practice Monday so he could visit the dentist and have the tooth he lost in Game 1 repaired.

The Wizards scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter but the game then belonged to Al Horford, who scored 10 of his 21 points in a 3:25 span to ensure the win.

"I'm not sure", Morris said. "They got the swelling to go down a whole lot, but it nearly was like the size of a softball". Things got so lopsided that Thomas gathered his teammates near the baseline late in the quarter and screamed: "That's a wrap for these (expletives)!"

As great as Gordon Hayward and Joe Johnson have been, their clutch shot making won't matter when these games are decided in the first half. They can make shots. He also dished out 9 assists. Considering those defensive matchups, it's not much of a surprise that the Celtics were -10.7 per 100 possessions against the Wizards' starters in the regular season with Thomas on the floor, surrendering 124.4 points per 100 possessions. This year, he has come into his own, among the National Basketball Association elites, and plays every game as if he has something to prove.



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